2011/05/27

Fredrik


02 Vattenfront by Fredrik (the band)

Malmö is seriously starting to compete with Göteborg as Sweden's music capital. So no surprise when I stumble over Fredrik on bandcamp it turns out he's from there. With one part soft sweet scandie-indie, one part dark psychadelic electro (not my genre, but I'm thinking Matthew Dear?), blend in a large pot with some good old over-production and we have something that's really interesting and talented. Some songs make me think of Depeche Mode's classic 1982 album A Broken Frame, whereas others land somewhere between Fever Ray and Jens Lekman, but all with a vibe of its own that I can't quite put my finger on. Good that...

Below is the video for Chrome Cavities, a song which makes detuning software instruments into an artform.



Relevant links:
bandcamp link
soundcloud link
band website



2011/05/05

Copenhagen stuff

Just came back from seeing Sufjan Stevens and had a nice trip to Scandinavia's capital København. Thought I'd do a little round-up of some good new acts from there. The Danish music scene has grown heaps from it's dirty past of bad stuck-in-the-80's-rock, lousy Radiohead copy acts, and untalented electronica.

Flag White

This Copenhagen one-man-band takes echodrench electro and combines it with Mew. The result is quite wonderful.


I Drive You Turn

I Drive You Turn is a new band consisting of Igor Rado and Per Volt. Making "folk" with clear influences from euro-café music and post radiohead café indie. Make your latte before pressing play. Or wait, since it's Copenhagen I meant beer, not latte.

Sukini

Copenhagen always had a brilliant jazz scene, and a great folk-music scene. So this band is not weird at all. Brilliant singer Ida Kudo also has a Lykke Li type pop project going on, looking forward to seeing where that leads: (warning: myspacelink)
Btw, the song Solarkvedja is in icelandic, don't ask me why.

If you are new to Danish music, here are some videos of more established bands.
Efterklang


Mew


And my personal favourite of yore: Laban!



2011/05/03

Thus:owls album teaser

Here's a little teaser on what Thus:owls have been up to in the studio in France.

THUS:OWLS recording .. from ed on Vimeo.